Polish berry crop forecastsThis article was originally published in Foodnews
ACCORDING to GSU, the Polish official statistics office, Poland's berry production will decrease to 487 000 tonnes in 2011. This is considerably lower than last year but is about the average production for the last five years. The decline is blamed on the spring frosts which had a particularly bad effect on the country's currant and gooseberry crops. Strawberry production will decrease to 157 000 tonnes, blackcurrant production to 160 000 tonnes, and gooseberry production to 14 000 tonnes. The only major berry crop which will show growth is raspberry: Poland's raspberry production is forecast to reach 95 000 tonnes, its highest-ever. Harvested volumes of other berry crops will grow slightly to 61 000 tonnes.